posted on Jul, 28 2010 @ 11:46 PM
Well... I have my own opinion...
I've yet to see the question asked: with increasing computer power and quality of techniques why aren't 'we' getting better at sustainable
First, there's the overall culture that we don't need such things and that any effort to bring them into the economy is an attempt to make us out to
be "wimps"/"slaves of whomever." Bring on the Hummers so we can drive to the supermarket! The oil isn't running out! We aren't ruining the
ecology of the planet so we don't need to cut back/go into sustainable economies/etc. "Going green" is going to do us out of a lot of jobs and
will cause economic collapse.
It's hard to put up a "Let's go sustainable" in the face of a culture like that. Other countries are doing it far more successfully -- but they
don't have these same attitudes.
Secondly, the "media worship" mindset. Scholars aren't valued, but wild lifestyle personalities are held up as examples to be emulated. Even when
they do bad things, they're excused.
Third, the loss of creativity in American students. There's a recent report about how our creativity has been declining, and it shows on the board.
How many here took time to actually write a reply instead of posting a link to something or another? Yet back when I started here (in the dark ages,
when the board was very new), posters often would start a reply with a brief quote (or simply summarize) and continue with new thoughts. No one
bothers to learn how things work, so they actually don't know a real development from a fake one (and many of the submitted patents show that the
people proposing those have no clue about what it takes to build or power a motor... or other things.)
Within the past 3 years, linking a video (I don't watch them) is accepted as a reply. No thought needed, no analysis. Just link something you think
is cool and may be somewhat relevant... and that passes for a response.
So, I blame it on cultural bias of greed, the focus on wealthy and outrageous personalities, and the overall intellectual laziness here. A number of
other countries are quickly surpassing us (Japan is one) and unless there's some sort of culture and attitude change, I suspect we'll become a
"second rate" nation.
That's my 2 cents' worth.